Net revenue distribution and use
Round 1- Net Revenues from 2017-18 distributed in 2019
The net revenue generated by the Scottish Crown Estate was first distributed to local authorities through a mechanism as recommended and approved by COSLA in September 2019. The allocation to each local authority was based on the length of coastline in each area, with a de minimis payment of £1000. Table 1 illustrates the distribution of net revenues to Local Authorities for the first two rounds and is split into the tiers used to shape the research approach.
The first-round distribution saw 26 of the 32 Scottish Local Authorities together receive ~ £7.5 million of net revenue generated by the Scottish Crown Estate in 2017-2018.
On 11 April 2020, Scottish Ministers announced that Local Authorities could use any remaining funds from their 2019/20 allocation to support businesses - including Third Sector organisations - in genuine need arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The net revenue allocations for 2019/20 from income generated in 2017/18 provided funding for more than 100 projects, ranging from £90 awarded by Aberdeenshire Council to the Marine Society for beach cleaning, to £595,693 awarded by Orkney Island's Council to support grants for local businesses affected by COVID-19.
Scottish Government's Marine Scotland Directorate published a report on Local Authority Expenditure of the net revenues in December 2020, which is Enclosure 1. This assessment considered the use of funds against 8 primary objectives grouped under three broad outcomes, thus:
Emissions reduction or waste removal
Investment for community purpose
Climate change adaptation
At the time of reporting, 67% of the fund had been committed. Figure 1 below illustrates the proportion of this committed funding distributed in 2019 within each of the three primary outcomes noted in the report.
Round 2- Net Revenues from 2018-19 distributed in 2020
The second round of net revenue payments was announced on the 11 July 2020. The announcement showed an increase of over £2.5 million from the previous year to a total of £9,699,487. The distribution formula remained the same as Year 1. A summary of the distributions is provided in Table 1 below.
Marine Scotland Directorate will publish an expenditure report for this period based on the same methodology as used for Year 1, expected in December 2021.
|Allocation Tier||Local Authority||% Overall Share||Share of 2017-2018 (round 1)||Share of 2018-2019 (round 2)|
|High (£200k+)||Comhairle nan Eilean Siar||23.66%||£1,702,411.87||£2,295,031.34|
|Argyll and Bute||15.51%||£1,115,864.35||£1,504,303.21|
|Dumfries and Galloway||4.29%||£309,041.03||£416,620.01|
|Low (£1k-10k)||Edinburgh, City of||0.08%||£5,408.52||£7,291.25|
|Perth and Kinross||0.02%||£1,565.81||£2,110.87|